Download Kinect for Windows SDK beta

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The Kinect for Windows SDK beta is a starter kit for applications developers that includes APIs, sample code, and drivers. This SDK enables the academic research and enthusiast communities to create rich experiences by using Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect sensor technology on computers running Windows 7. Learn more >

The Kinect for Windows SDK beta includes the following:
  • Drivers, for using Kinect sensor devices on a computer running Windows 7.
  • Application programming interfaces (APIs) and device interfaces, together with technical documentation.
  • Source code samples.

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File size


Date published




21,320 KB


29 July 2011


32-bit download


22,388 KB


29 July 2011


64-bit download

The Kinect for Windows SDK beta 1 refresh (version 1.0.12) includes driver and runtime enhancements, as well as documentation improvements. Thanks to the community for the great feedback they've provided since we launched the Kinect for Windows SDK beta, which helped with this refresh.

System requirements


  • Kinect for Xbox 360 sensor
  • Computer with a dual-core, 2.66-GHz or faster processor
  • Windows 7–compatible graphics card that supports DirectX® 9.0c capabilities
  • 2-GB RAM (4-GB RAM recommended)


Installation instructions

To install this SDK beta:

  1. On this page, click Download to start the Kinect for Windows SDK beta download.
  2. Click Run to start Setup, and follow the instructions in the Setup Wizard.

    Or, to save the download on your computer so that you can install it later, click Save.

License and privacy statement

  • Kinect for Windows SDK from Microsoft Research is for non-commercial use only. By installing, copying, or otherwise using this software, you agree to be bound by the terms of its license. Read the license.
  • This beta software uses the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP), which automatically sends to Microsoft information about your hardware and how you use this software. This information is not used to identify or contact you. Learn more.

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